Mobile Fresh Food Van
One of the main challenges with providing fresh foods to families and individuals within the city, is accessibility. Accessibility means not just “is fresh food available at the local store”, but is there a local store, how close is the store, how much does fresh produce cost and what is the selection like?
If you are blessed to live in an area with a local, fully stocked grocery, have a way to pay for the produce and have a means of transportation, then you may not have considered that there are large areas within your own city where this is not the case for many families.
Community mobile food vans can improve access to fresh food for individuals living in areas with little offerings of fruits and vegetables. The aim of the Mobile Fresh Food Van is to
- Provide produce from community gardens and local farmers involved in the Tri County Fresh Food Hub/CSA to people at host van sites (housing, community centers, work sites and senior living centers), We are working towards the ability to add non produce staples.
- Provide produce and non produce staples (eventually) at the stops during scheduled times.
- Allow for purchase of produce to be affordable through manageable pricing and accessibility via SNAP/Link cards, credit, debit and cash.
We think it important to build relationships with the folks we serve so we personally met each person who comes to the Mobile Fresh Food Van and is one reason our van stops are typically an hour.